The Hen Hotel at El Pinto

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El Pinto Establishes a Hen Hotel to Produce Pasture-Raised Eggs on Site

 See the Video: https://youtu.be/y3gpsNtK8ME

July 15, 2016

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque New Mexico is now using 100% pasture-raised eggs for all entrees. To accomplish this unprecedented feat, El Pinto is caring for 200 laying hens to produce the required pasture-raised eggs on a daily basis for restaurant use. The restaurant’s “Hen Hotel” is located on the property of El Pinto in the North Valley of Albuquerque. This commitment makes El Pinto Restaurant one of the few, and the definitely the largest restaurant in America with a pasture-raised egg commitment.

“Our passion is clean and nutritious food for all of our guests,” explains Jim Thomas, co-owner of El Pinto. He continues, “Healthy happy hens produce eggs of amazing nutritional value and outstanding taste.”

There is extensive lack of understanding in egg production standards which confuses the consumer. “Pasture-raised” is the only standard that is significant to ensure nutritional benefits of the eggs as well as the animal security of the hens. Terms like “cage-free,” “farm-raised,” and even “free-range,” do not ensure the happiness of the hens or high nutritional value of the eggs.

The health benefits of pasture raised eggs are extensive. Eggs from happy hens who live their lives normally in an unconfined environment lay eggs that are multiple times higher in Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Omega-3s than eggs from mass production conventionally raised hens. Pasture-raised eggs naturally have half the cholesterol and are significantly lower in saturated fat as well.

El Pinto hens naturally roam the land for worms, grubs and insects. Their diet is supplemented with high protein organic feed. Additionally, some unique things like wheatgrass, red chile sprouts, jalapenos, and other nutritious kitchen scraps from the restaurant are used to supplement their natural diet. The eggs are collected daily, washed, graded according to USDA requirements, and then used in the restaurant for guest entrees.

It is estimated in 2016 that 94% of egg laying hens in the United States live their lives in less than 76 square inches of space in a cage. By comparison, a sheet of paper is 94 square inches. Cage-free hens live outside a cage but inside a cramped barn and likely do not see the light of day. There are no space requirements for cage-free laying hens. El Pinto laying hens live their lives under the pasture-raised standard which requires them to live naturally without their beaks cut, wings clipped, and they enjoy a happy life in over 50 square feet (not inches) of outdoor pasture space per hen. All hens have free will access to safe laying areas as well as expansive outdoor pasture space.

Over the 53 year tradition of El Pinto, the restaurant has helped to put New Mexican cuisine on the map as it has prepared green chile based cuisine within the White House presidential kitchen and provided “take-out” direct to Air Force One on the tarmac in Albuquerque. In addition to serving presidents, cabinet secretaries and military generals, local residents continue to independently voted El Pinto Restaurant the Best New Mexican Restaurant for multiple years running as well as its patios as the Best in the City in the annual Albuquerque The Magazine readers poll. El Pinto's Red Chile Ribs were named in Food Network's Top 5 Restaurants as the #3 ribs in the nation.

About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:
Established 53 years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com

For Media Questions contact doug@elpintosalsa.com

 

 

Sunday Yoga & Margaritas in the Park

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Start Sunday Funday with YogaRitas in the Park at El Pinto.
It will leave you thirsty for more

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El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque is known for its iconic New Mexican cuisine and the best margaritas in the Southwest, but it is now a mecca for Yoga Sunday mornings in the restaurant's beautiful outdoor park area. Each Sunday starting May 15th, join fellow yogis in a beautiful YogaRita Flow under the cottonwood trees in the park area at El Pinto Restaurant and Cantina. A $5 donation is requested and El Pinto will provide $5 off Sunday brunch and margaritas.

“The trees in the El Pinto park that cool the area were grown as saplings by my brother and I,” explains John Thomas. Birds now call the park home and it is a peaceful location on the side of El Pinto used for special occasions.

Yoga each Sunday is lead by various well know instructors including among others, Sydney Fontaine Forestal, known as the YogaRita Guru. She has been featured in Yoga Journal as well as on the ELLEN show for her spirited integration of a playful yet serious exercise regiment leaving you smiling with your soar muscles. Participants of all levels enjoy her spontaneous energy and unexpected sequences that make her YogaRita class, combining yoga with margaritas, full of laughter and fun.This is not your normal yoga class.

No reservations are needed for YogaRitas in the Park. Enter the main entry and you will be directed through the patio to the park. Please bring a yoga mat, but El Pinto has a few on hand that can be borrowed. Class begins at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Yogarita Margartias begin flowing at 11 a.m. If you have never done Yoga with a margarita in front of you, arrive at 11 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. class. No doubt, you will be smiling for more.

El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Co. continues to expand in its 52nd year with an emphasis on serving nutritious, locally raised, and organic foods. El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico with beautiful patios, natural wood burning fireplaces, and healthy New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto Salsa has recently expanded with the addition of the convenient single serving cup which reduces product waste and increases consumer satisfaction. The restaurant and salsa manufacturing facility are co-located on property in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:

Established 52-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com


Did you see the "Detox to Retox" story in Yoga Journal about El Pinto's Yoga in the Park? See it here.

Did you see Yogalogue about YogaRitas on the ELLEN Show? See it here.

Questions? Email doug@elpinto.com

 

 

The Salsa Twins Launch Kickstarter

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The Salsa Twins of El Pinto are Launching a New Travel Adventure TV Series about New Mexican Food

For Release Jan 11, 2016

Twin brothers, John and Jim Thomas, are turning to the Internet to raise funds to launch a New Mexico based travel adventure TV show. The program, named Raw & Wild, rediscovers raw and wild indigenous foods growing across New Mexico. With funding as the first major obstacle to getting any TV program off the ground, they are embracing Kickstarter.com to help fund a small portion of the entire production costs necessary for the pilot.

The Kickstarter project can be found at: http://bit.ly/rawwildtv

In line with Kickstarter.com guidelines there are a set number of days to raise all the funds, or the project receives nothing. The Thomas' project has a 31 day fundraising window, from start to finish. If the allotted budget ($17,800 US) isn't raised before February 12th, all pledges are cancelled and the project will not be funded. This funding is a portion of the $50,000 budget necessary to bring the pilot to completion. The balance is being funded by the Thomas brothers.

The series, Raw & Wild, takes viewers across New Mexico exploring the unique natural beauty found across the diverse state from the 13,000 foot peaks of Taos to the depths of the Carlsbad Caverns. As the brothers travel New Mexico, they rediscover indigenous foods naturally growing throughout the region. There are people across the state who live off the land, and the show will have fun meeting these unique characters while teaching viewers simple ways to find raw food out your backdoor. Raw & Wild will showcase the beauty, the adventure, the people, and naturally healthy food of New Mexico.

When asked about why Kickstarter was appealing, John Thomas noted, "the ability to spread the word quickly online to a lot of people, and keep them updated on the status of the project is invaluable."

Jim Thomas explains his passion for establishing the new show, “My brother and I believe in clean and nutritious food. Food today is over processed, and we are going back to our roots, to locate raw and wild foods off the land, and turn them into nutritious meals that can be made in your home or served as a new entree meal at El Pinto Restaurant.”

Over the 53 year tradition of El Pinto, the restaurant has helped to put New Mexican cuisine on the map as it has prepared green chile based cuisine within the White House presidential kitchen and provided “take-out” direct to Air Force One on the tarmac in Albuquerque. In addition to serving presidents, cabinet secretaries and military generals, local residents continue to independently voted El Pinto Restaurant the Best New Mexican Restaurant for multiple years running as well as its patios as the Best in the City in the annual Albuquerque The Magazine readers poll.

About El Pinto Entertainment LLC:

Established in 2015, El Pinto Entertainment is the production company managing the made for TV docuseries, Raw & Wild. The show travels picturesque New Mexico as the hosts, the Salsa Twins, rediscover raw foods in the wild. The Twins, John and Jim Thomas, have grown up in the food business since age 4. Now they feel the social responsibility, in an age of over-processed and undernourishing food, to go back to the earth to rediscover raw foods and share that knowledge with the world.

About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:

Established 53 years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com

 

 

 

El Pinto Premiers on A&E's Big Kitchens

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Big Kitchens: A New Culinary Lifestyle Series Featuring El Pinto Released on FYI Network

 

For Release Sept 10, 2015

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico is the focus of the a new culinary-themed lifestyle series, Big Kitchens, airing on A&E's FYI Network. The 30-minute episode, “Massive New Mexican,” goes behind the scene at El Pinto Restaurant and the salsa manufacturing facility to reveal some of the tricks that keep this 1,000 seat restaurant humming.

The program is launching this month in the United States, and El Pinto is hosting a free celebratory screening event on Tuesday September 15th at 5 p.m. Free appetizers and rock bottom margarita specials will be going on from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. during the screening. Numerous patrons to El Pinto are interviewed in the new episode that celebrates New Mexican cuisine and all things chile.

Jim Thomas, owner, explains “It is an amazing to understand the ten tables my parents started El Pinto with have organically grown into one of the largest family owned restaurants in the U.S. It is an honor to have Big Kitchens take our story around the world.”

Co-Owner John Thomas describes the filming, “The Big Kitchen's team did an amazing job capturing our kitchen, the heartbeat of El Pinto, and the communication required from the front of the house to the back of the house as staff followed us through our massive house.”

“We were sought out because of El Pinto's massive kitchen, but Big Kitchens is going to be big for Albuquerque tourism as it expands the love of New Mexico green chile around the world,” states Douglas Evilsizor, Marketing Director. He continues, “This is the most widely distributed culinary lifestyle program focusing on Albuquerque the State has ever seen.” In addition to reoccurring broadcast in the U.S on A&E, the program has been purchased by Scripps Networks for Travel Channel UK, as well as Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Shaw Media is taking it to the Food Network in Canada and Seven is broadcasting in Australia.

“The incredible culinary feats combined with the larger-than-life characters lend global appeal to this major new series and we're delighted to work with a raft of high quality broadcasters across international territories,” said Carlo Massarella, creative director and executive producer for U.K based Windfall Films which produced the series, in a statement.

Over the 52-year tradition of El Pinto, the restaurant has helped to put New Mexican cuisine on the map as it has prepared green chile based cuisine within the White House presidential kitchen and provided “take-out” direct to Air Force One on the tarmac in Albuquerque. In addition to serving presidents, cabinet secretaries and military generals, local residents continue to independently voted El Pinto Restaurant the Best New Mexican Restaurant for multiple years running as well as its patios as the Best in the City in the annual Albuquerque The Magazine readers poll.

El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Co. continues to expand in its 52nd year with an emphasis on serving nutritious, locally raised, and organic foods. El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico with beautiful patios, natural wood burning fireplaces, and healthy New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto Salsa has recently expanded with the addition of a convenient single serving 4oz chopped green chile cup. The restaurant and salsa manufacturing facility are co-located on property in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.


About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:
Established 50-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com

 

 

 

Gabriel Ayala at El PInto

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Guitar Virtuoso Gabriel Ayala

Two Free Performances at El Pinto April 24th & 25th

 

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico is mixing in with its cuisine the guitar rhythms of the Yaqui Nation’s Award winning guitar virtuoso Gabriel Ayala. During the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in the Duke City, Ayala will perform at El Pinto Thursday before the Pow Wow and Friday. Ayala is an internationally acclaimed classical guitarist with notable performances before the Pope in Rome, Italy, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Presidential Inaugural Ball for President Obama.

For two evenings, Thursday, April 24 and Friday April 25, 2014, Ayala will fill the air for an up-close and intimate performance with music which he says is best described as “JazzMenco” – an audible collaboration of classical guitar and flamenco vibrancy. Performances will begin at 5 p.m. and will be free and open to dining guests with a conclusion at 8 p.m.

“I’m thankful that El Pinto has invited me to showcase my music to accompany an incredible establishment of such fine cuisine,” said Ayala who prides himself with stretching people’s perceptions of the Native American musical genre. Ayala has shared his music both nationally and internationally including performances at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Museum for the American Indian.

Jim Thomas, co-owner of El Pinto states, “El Pinto is honored to connect both local and visiting patrons to an acclaimed musician such as Ayala who is celebrated in the musical community for his passion to share his knowledge of music to younger generations.” John Thomas adds, “When I heard Ayala's music for the first time I was astounded. His vibrant powerful sound is something that must be enjoyed, and El Pinto is the perfect spot for it.”

 

 
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